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|Other Titles:||The Aesthetic Significance of Han Yu's Poetic Style Innovation|
Han Yu;Song poetry;evaluation;aesthetics;modernity
|Issue Date:||2016-05-23 15:58:34 (UTC+8)|
Discussions on Han Yu’s poetry are usually focused on “creativeness” in the context of the changeable Tang and Song poetry, regarding it as his motivation to pursue strangeness. But in fact, his most important innovation in poetry is the “strangeness” itself, which breaks Tang poetry’s aesthetic tradition that emphasizes classicality and harmony. The interest of adventurousness, humorousness, freshness and coarseness in his poems impacts on and overthrows the aesthetical ideal of classic poetry, and initiates the modernity of Chinese literature. This modernity is obviously suppressed, as Han’s poems have not been highly evaluated until the early Qing Dynasty, when Ye Xie respects Han in his Tracing the Cause of Poetry as one of the three greatest poets in Chinese history. Besides Ye’s respect for Han, Yuan Mei’s high praise on Song poetry also shows the establishment of a new aesthetic value which stresses modernity more than classicality. The dramatic changes of evaluation on Han’s poetry are closely related to the modernization of Chinese literature.
|Relation:||政大中文學報, 18, 1-30|
Bulletin of the Department of Chinese Literature National Chengchi University
|Appears in Collections:||[政大中文學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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